It's Official: CBS Greenlights 'Criminal Minds' Spin-Off - Featured

Criminal Minds fans still aren't fully accustomed to the idea of a spin-off for their favorite show, but from the looks of things it's a go for the Forest Whitaker-led Criminal Minds spin-off as CBS unveils its 11 drama pilots for 2010. It's also obvious that the network wants to take advantage of its procedural boom, with the spin-off taking the cake.

Other than Whitaker, the Criminal Minds spin-off will also star Matt Ryan, Michael Kelly, Beau Garrett and Jason Wiles. It will be introduced via backdoor pilot this season on the mothership as a special two-hour episode. Skeptical fans of the top-rating procedural can take comfort in the fact that the original's writing and executive producing team will be onboard to oversee things; that, and that no one from the original team will jump the fence.

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Mar 6, 2010 10:07AM EST

It's already difficult to keep up with the CSIs and Law & Orders (I basically don't watch the original anymore). Now we have to have two Criminal Minds? (Sigh) The thing is why do we need to follow another team? The current one already flies to wherever they're needed, while CSI and Law & Order generally stay put. Do the networks think we're not getting enough gruesome murders every week? Oh, well, I'll watch it anyway, but I hope it's different enough to warrant those viewings.

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